Veterans Law Institute - Policy and Outreach

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The Veterans Law Institute's policy and outreach work include:

  • Academic Scholarship
    • Stetson Law has a number of faculty and staff who write about veterans and military law issues. Former Veterans Law Institute Director Mike Allen's scholarship led him to testify before the Committees on Veterans Affairs both in the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. Professor Allen's scholarship was some of the earliest scholarships in the area of veterans law and provided a foundation for future scholarship in this area. You can find his scholarship here.
    • Professor Simcox has written numerous articles on veterans law which have led to the invitation to present several times at conferences such as the National Conference on Law Clinics Serving Veterans, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judicial Conferences, the American Psychological Association, the American Association of Law Schools Conferences on Clinical Legal Education, the American Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, the National Conference on Special Needs Planning and Special Needs Trusts, and at multiple task forces and Continuing Legal Education events. You can find her scholarship here. She is also the co-editor and a contributing author to Service Member and Veteran Rights (Clauss & Simcox/LexisNexis) and the co-author of the textbook Veterans Benefits: Law, Theory and Practice (with David Boelzner/Carolina Academic Press). 

    • Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor Morgan MacIsaac-Bykowski serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the CAVC Bar Association Veterans Law Journal, on the Advocacy Committee for the National Veterans Law Clinic Consortium (NVLSCC), and as Vice Chair of the Staff Advisory Committee at Stetson Law. She has written articles, case summaries, and legal updates on veterans issues for various publications, including the American Bar Association Health Law Section Magazine. She has also co-written numerous amici briefs on behalf of the NVLSCC supporting veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and Supreme Court of the United States. 


Equitable Tolling and the Timely Filing of an NOA by an Accrued-Benefits Claimant, VETERANS LAW JOURNAL, CAVC Bar Journal, Volume II (online) (June 2022) VLJ-2022-Vol2 (1).pdf

National Academy of Sciences Updates Are “Evidence” Subject to 38 U.S.C. § 7113, VETERANS LAW JOURNAL, CAVC Bar Association, Volume II (online) (June 2022) VLJ-2022-Vol2 (1).pdf

Automated Decisions at the VA: Calculated or Concerning? LAWYER MAGAZINE, The Hillsborough County Bar Association, Vol. 32 No. 5 (online) (2022) Layout 1 (

Retroactive Benefit Reduction is Proper When Veteran is Incarcerated, VETERANS LAW JOURNAL, CAVC Bar Association, Volume I (online) (2022) VLJ-2022-Vol1 (1).pdf

Burn Pits: Presumptions at Last, LAWYER MAGAZINE, The Hillsborough County Bar Association, Vol. 32, No. 2 (2021) Layout 1 (

CAVC Defines “Bore the Expense” as Related to Accrued Benefits under 38 U.S.C. § 5121(a)(6), VETERANS LAW JOURNAL, CAVC Bar Association, Volume II (online) (2021) VLJ-June-2021.pdf

Adversarial Rules in a Non-Adversarial System, Lawyer Magazine, The Hillsborough County Bar Association, Vol. 31, No. 6 (2021) Layout 1 (

Veterans Day 2021, 1 PARACLETE, ST. PETE BAR JOURNAL 1 (2021) (with co-author Stacey-Rae Simcox). paraclete_10&11-2021.pdf (

Veterans Day 2020, PARACLETE, ST. PETE BAR JOURNAL (online) (2020) (with co-author Stacey-Rae Simcox). paraclete_11&12-2020.pdf (

Veterans Treatment Court Act of 2019: Support for Justice Involved Veterans to Improve Health and Wellness Outcomes, American Bar Association, Health Law Section Magazine, (online) (2020) (with co-author Stacey-Rae Simcox) Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act of 2019: Support for Justice Involved Veterans To Improve Health and Wellness Outcomes (

Men Deserve More: Applying the Biological Rights Doctrine to Adoption Law, 7 STETSON J. ADVOC. & L. 253 (2020) Stetson University College of Law - Florida's First Law School

  • Conferences
    The Veterans Law Institute develops and sponsors programs including continuing legal education programs for attorneys representing veterans, seminars for veterans and members of the military, and academic conferences focused on veterans and military issues.